Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–May 8
May 8, 2009
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Business leaders have emerged as unlikely critics of proposed property tax cuts that will go to Florida voters next year.
Florida’s historic Hialeah Park racetrack would return. The Seminole Tribe’s Hard Rock casinos would keep their slot machines and card games. South Florida’s parimutuels would bear a lower tax burden. And tracks around the state could seek bingo-style slot machines in the future.
The Florida Senate passed the $66.5 billion budget (SB 2600) in a 32-8 vote Friday, with seven of the Senate’s 14 Democrats voting for it.
A week late and many tense negotiations later, lawmakers Friday ended their overtime 2009 legislative session by voting on a state budget that is propped up with federal stimulus dollars, a dollar-a-pack cigarette tax and scores of other new fees affecting millions of Floridians.
Gov. Charle Crist got an encouraging update today on the status of federal economic stimulus funding.
To quote Florida Gov. Charlie Crist: “As it relates to (grades) K-12: in this budget will be a $1.2 billion increase. Let me know if you don’t see it. With that much of an increase, and you’re talking about layoffs, it doesn’t seem right to me.”
Let’s look at some of the good things our legislators did this year.
Anytime you try to find the good, the bad and the ugly in a legislative session, you usually find yourself waist-deep in bad and up to your neck in ugly.
The Broward school district may have to lay off at least 150 teachers next year, Superintendent Jim Notter said Wednesday, calling that preliminary estimate ”absolutely amazing” because he feared it could have been worse.
School Board members said no to a four-day week for high schools and yes to changes in how teachers can retire — as the district superintendent warned about possible teacher layoffs.
Amid an early prediction that they might have to lay off at least 150 teachers in the fall, Broward School Board members backed off a cost-cutting idea to switch high schools to a four-day week, saying the savings would not justify the schedule shift.
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